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Together Housing staff race to bring the money home for their charities

Together Housing staff race to bring the money home for their charities

Three members of staff from Together Housing Group are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for fantastic causes by taking part in the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.

Together Housing’s staff healthcare provider Simplyhealth was an official sponsor of the Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and organised a competition for staff to win three places at the race. The three lucky racers are also invited to attend a pasta party before the event to load up on carbs and physio afterwards to recover from the race.

The lucky winners were Daniel Mackay, who will be running in aid of Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity SANDS and Team Evie; Thomas Webster, who will be running in aid of Springhill Hospice in Rochdale; and Peter Jordan, who will be running in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Daniel 27, a Recruitment Advisor based in Blackburn, will be running in memory his nephew Edward Rhodes who was stillborn at 28 weeks earlier this year.

He said: “After Edward’s death we were surprised by the number of friends and family who revealed similar experiences. Stillbirth is a terrible situation that no parent-to-be ever wants to face, but it happens to more couples than I realised; in the UK alone, on average nine babies are stillborn each day. These charities play an important role in supporting families at such a terrible time.”

Great North Run - Peter Jordan And Daniel Mac Kay

Thomas, 28, who is a Works Planner based in Halifax, last completed the Great North Run in 2014 and has also completed the London Marathon in the past.

He said: “Springhill Hospice relies on donations to survive and as a charity that is close to my heart I would love to be able to contribute.

“My grandfather recently passed away after a battle with cancer. The place itself is so calm and peaceful and the nurses and volunteers are wonderful people. When the worst happens the nurses are so caring and understanding of your situation. On the night that my grandfather passed away the wonderful nurses explained everything to my grandma and made her feel calm even though the situation was horrible. They made us feel like we could grieve as a family in the awful circumstances in peace.”

Great North Run - Thomas Webster

Peter Jordan, 53, who is a Communities Director at Together Housing’s social enterprise Newground based in Blackburn, is taking on the run after completing the West Lancashire Spring Triathlon earlier this year.

He said: “I developed a love of running at the age of 51 after being the last member of my family to take up Couch to 5k. Two years later I’ve got 71 parkruns under my, slightly thinner, belt, have volunteered at a further 57 and am a Run Director at Skelmersdale Junior parkrun helping others to develop their interest.”

Great North Run - Peter Jordan, Daniel MacKay and Thomas Webster

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